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Salvation Army, Carpenter's Corner could relocate under one roof


BECKLEY, W.Va. (WVVA) Several organizations that were once trademarks of Beckley's Uptown landscape may soon have a new home. 

The Salvation Army and its thrift store will be moving into the old John Eye building on Robert C. Byrd Drive. Their hope is to bring the Carpenter's Corner along, too. 

"We've had our hearings with the Zoning Board and everything, so we're ready to go," said Major Steven Story with the Salvation Army. 

In the next year, Major Story said the Salvation Army will launch its capital campaign to renovate and consolidate its services at the new location. "It will give us more accessibility and it will put all of our services on one property that will make it easier to manage and oversee." 

While some are pleased the services will soon be under one roof, not everyone agrees. There is concern among some local businesses along Robert C. Byrd Drive that the move will only add to the criminal element already in the area. 

"Sheetz has certainly had its share of problems with the criminal element. And I don't know that this will help that problem. I think getting organizations out of downtown will be good but I do think it will be a situation law enforcement will have to look at," said Jason Lockart owns the Kid in the Background, a business located across the street from the current Carpenter's Corner.

"I think the Carpenter's Corner provides an absolutely essential service given the hardships facing the area, but right in the center of downtown is not really the place for that to happen," adds Lockart. 

The new location is not the only change coming to the Salvation Army.  June 19th will be Major Story's last day before moving to his next assignment. The Salvation Army has yet to name his replacement. 


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